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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Diverse gift suggestions from Civil War sites

By Linda Wheeler

Just about every gift shop associated with a Civil War site has books, T-shirts, mugs, calendars and throws but there are a few with some unusual items.

President Lincoln’s Cottage
offers the President Lincoln Bobblehead for $16.95 and a golf ball with an image of the cottage for $12.95. For cat lovers, there is a wooden block with a picture of the cottage and a very small black cat sitting on the porch. The “Cat’s Meow” sells for $22.50.

Beauvoir, the retirement home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, has a Confederate Seal needlepoint kit for $5, a $30 battle flag tie and a $12.95 battle flag clock.

If you are a Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson fan, a reproduction of his field desk and table in cherry with solid brass hardware is available for $4,695 at the Virginia Military Institute Museum. For the smaller budget, the Stonewall Jackson House offers a “Lemon Stress Reliever”—a squeezable plastic lemon—for $2.99 with the suggestion that a bowl of them would work well at the office.

The Civil War Preservation Trust has a BBQ apron for $18.50 and “an acre of endangered battlefield” for a donation ranging from $25 to $1,000 that includes a subscription to the organization's magazine.

The Museum of the Confederacy is offering a Robert E. Lee Commemorative Nutcracker—it doesn’t look much like Lee but it does have a sword and binoculars—for $245. There is also a paperweight showing Lee, with knee bent in prayer, for $9.99.

By Linda Wheeler  | December 22, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
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